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Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
donating used gear on 01/21/2012 14:57:14 MST Print View

***** My gear is spoken for. I'll update this if any still needs a home. *****

I have some used gear that I'd just as soon see put to good use rather than try to sell it for a few bucks.

I'm thinking scouts might be able to use it, but had no luck finding a group to donate it to by doing a bit of online searching.

So, if there is anybody out there who can see that some stuff gets put to use, please send me a PM. I'd like to find a local group (I'm in San Jose, CA). Doesn't have to be scouts, either. Boys Club, etc. would be fine.

Items I have to give away include a Kelty Zen tent, a Eureka Solitaire, a TNF synthetic sleeping bag, Golite and REI packs. Plus maybe other odds and ends as I go through my closet.


Edited by williamlaw on 01/21/2012 18:54:38 MST.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: donating used gear on 01/21/2012 16:11:13 MST Print View

Sent you a PM William.
I'm a high school teacher (Culver City HS) and faculty sponsor of a student-run outdoor club with an emphasis on cycling, hiking, backpacking, and outdoor ethics/skills. We can always use gear to get kids started. Other members of this site have donated in the past (and a few are currently doing so). I can assure you I can get gear into the hands of teenagers that can use it. I can also provide tax deduction forms for donation to a non-profit (as my HS is public, donations to clubs within it also enjoy non-profit status).

Let me know if this is what you're looking for.

Wherever the gear ends up, thanks for thinking of others.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: donating used gear on 01/23/2012 12:16:06 MST Print View

I can vouch for Craig. The gear will get into the hands of kids who will appreciate it.

I have given a lot of gear to the Boy Scouts over the years, however the past couple of times I go nary a "Thank you." so I don't know if it was appreciated, appropriate or even used.

I give most of my gear to a local charity that I approve of highly. They run a couple thrift stores in my area. Usually I suggest pricing so they can get what it is worth. The organization profits and people who need good used gear get a bargain. Win-win situation IMO.